As I said in my previous post, my original present idea for Hazel was a sewing box filled with all sorts of notions and girly sewing needs. I found a great wicker one in an second hand shop and it came filled with odd 'n ends, old wooden spools of thread, embroidery thread etc. Naturally I kept that for myself and bought Hazel new stuff - I mean, she's not going to appreciate wooden spools is she?
The box was essentially sound but looked a bit dry and the inner lining was in dire straits on the bottom. The padded top was in ok shape, a bit battered and stained but I love the folding and wanted to keep it in lieu of a pincushion.
I deliberated about the interior for awhile, to keep intact or not? In the meantime I gave the outside a light going-over with Danish Oil which improved its appearance markedly. But made it stink. It still does a bit!
Then I decided that I'd replace the bottom lining and put new braid around the edges. I had a scrap of Liberty that suited it perfectly.
Gluing down the braid was heinous and I didn't do the best job ever. Though having said that it looks a LOT wonkier in this photo than it does in real life! There's definitely an art to it that I'm not privy to.
Hazel seems quite pleased with it, though like many presents from the day it's languishing somewhat due to all the competition!